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Announcing details:
The Cleveland Orchestra at home in Lakewood

Cleveland Orchestra musicians, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, and Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus participate in learning experiences for all ages and perform at restaurants, businesses, and organizations across Lakewood

Residency highlights include three free Cleveland Orchestra performances at Lakewood Civic Auditorium: a public community concert on May 24 led by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and two education concerts for schools

WVIZ/PBS and WCLV 104.9 ideastream® will broadcast The Cleveland Orchestra in Concert

PORCHestra, an evening of music on Lakewood’s front porches sponsored by Charter One, takes place on Sunday, May 18

Release Date:  19-March-2014

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra and the Lakewood community are joining together to present "The Cleveland Orchestra at Home in Lakewood," a neighborhood residency that began on February 17, 2014, when Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell visited the Lakewood High School Chamber Orchestra to assist in preparation for an Ohio Music Educators Association State Ensemble Adjudicated Event.  The four-month residency of education programs and performances for all ages culminates in an intensive week of free public events from May 17-24, 2014. 

The centerpiece of the Orchestra's activities in Lakewood will be a public Cleveland Orchestra concert led by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst at Lakewood Civic Auditorium on Saturday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m.  A delayed telecast of the concert will be presented by WVIZ/PBS ideastream, and a live radio broadcast of the concert will air on WCLV 104.9 ideastream.  Tickets will be distributed throughout Lakewood beginning on Saturday, April 26. (See list of distribution locations below.)  The television broadcast will feature a composite of community collaborations, musical performances, and joint events and activities throughout Lakewood. 

"The Cleveland Orchestra at Home in Lakewood" encompasses more than a dozen educational activities taking place in Lakewood schools, joining Lakewood’s robust music education program with the artistic resources of The Cleveland Orchestra.  Cleveland Orchestra musicians are serving as ensemble coaches (orchestra, band, chorus); competition jurors; mock audition guides; career advisors; celebrity chefs (Celebrity Chefs of The Cleveland Orchestra at Lakewood High School’s Ranger Café), and more.  In April, the Orchestra will perform an Education Concert for Lakewood elementary school students, Fairy Tales in Music, led by Kelly Corcoran.  Participating schools include:  Horace Mann Elementary, Emerson Elementary, Hayes Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Grant Elementary, Harrison Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and St. Edwards High School.  Music education events also take place at Harding Middle School, Garfield Middle School, and Lakewood Catholic Academy. 

The intensive residency week begins with performances by Cleveland Orchestra musicians, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra musicians, the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, and the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus.  The first events are on Saturday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Root Café and Blackbird Baking Company.  Also on May 17, a surprise event will take place at 11 a.m. at Nature’s Bin, a natural foods store and vocational training center for people with disabilities. 

PORCHestra, an evening of music on Lakewood’s front porches sponsored by Charter One, takes place on Sunday, May 18, beginning at 4 p.m., featuring Cleveland Orchestra musicians, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra musicians, and community musicians performing on Lakewood porches, culminating with a concert outdoors at the Lakewood Public Library at 6 p.m.  Prior to the event, volunteers from the Orchestra, Charter One, and the community will renovate two front porches chosen by LakewoodAlive. 

On Tuesday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. Cleveland Orchestra musicians will perform at the Barton Senior Center.  On Wednesday, May 21 at 6 p.m., Cleveland Orchestra musicians will perform on the deck at Pier W restaurant, as the launch of Pier W’s outdoor summer concert series.  On Thursday, May 22 at noon, Cleveland Orchestra musicians will give a concert at Lakewood Hospital.  On Friday, May 23 at 6 p.m. Cleveland Orchestra musicians perform at Vosh Nightclub, and at 7 p.m. there is an ensemble performance by Cleveland Orchestra musicians at Mahall’s. 

Also on Friday, May 23, the Orchestra will perform a free Education Concert for high school students at Lakewood Civic Auditorium, titled Romeo and Juliet.  Lakewood High School students are reading and studying Shakespeare’s famous play during the month leading up to the concert.  Students will see the story unfold through music and theater when The Cleveland Orchestra teams up with Great Lakes Theater Festival actors to bring Prokofiev’s, Tchaikovsky’s, and Bernstein’s versions of Romeo and Juliet to life. 

"The Cleveland Orchestra at home in Lakewood" concludes on Saturday evening, May 24 with a free community concert by The Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst at Lakewood Civic Auditorium.  The program will feature Cleveland Orchestra Principal Trombone Massimo La Rosa as soloist in Ferdinand David’s Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra.  The program opens with Richard Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan and also includes three pieces by Johann Strauss Jr.:  Waltz: From the Mountains, Czárdás from the operetta Ritter Pázmán, and the overture to the operetta Die Fledermaus. Free tickets to this concert will be available at designated locations throughout Lakewood (see list below), beginning on Saturday, April 26.
           
“Creating a ‘grass roots’ opportunity for Lakewood to experience perhaps the greatest orchestra in the world at a very personal level is a cultural experience that we will remember for years to come.  Our increasingly vibrant commercial corridors and neighborhoods will be made ever-more-so by the music and the musicians,” commented Lakewood Mayor Michael P. Summers.  Ian Andrews, executive director of LakewoodAlive, Lakewood's nonprofit economic development organization, said, “We are ecstatic to have been chosen as The Cleveland Orchestra's destination for immersion into a Northeast Ohio community.  Lakewood is known for its commitment to the arts.  The Orchestra’s events will strengthen this commitment and showcase the city’s great quality of life, local organizations, restaurants, schools, and businesses that make our community special.”

The Cleveland Orchestra has a long history of appearing in Lakewood, going back to 1920, when the Orchestra first performed at Lakewood High School.  The Orchestra returns to Lakewood in May for the first time in 29 years, under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst.  The Cleveland Orchestra’s first music director, Nikolai Sokoloff, brought the Orchestra to Lakewood in March of 1920, and with the exception of Erich Leinsdorf, each music director has performed there with the Orchestra.  The Orchestra continued performing at Lakewood High School through the early 1930s, and then performed at Hilliard Square Theater in 1933 and 1934.  In April 1955, Music Director George Szell began leading concerts at the Civic Auditorium, and performances continued there until 1985 with Music Director Christoph von Dohnányi.

The Cleveland Orchestra introduced neighborhood residencies in May 2013 in the Gordon Square community of Cleveland.  The activities, including a Cleveland Orchestra Concert at Saint Colman Catholic Church, were taped and aired by WVIZ/PBS ideastream.  WCLV 104.9 also broadcast the concert on radio. 

The goals of the neighborhood residencies are to bring increased visibility and vibrancy to greater Cleveland’s neighborhoods, build community through arts and culture in tandem with local partners, and offer more people the opportunity to engage with the music and the musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra.  The culminating week of activities will include solo and chamber music performances in unique locations, educational programs at local schools, and new artistic collaborations with neighborhood arts and cultural organizations. 

The Cleveland Orchestra thanks the following community partners who are helping to make "The Cleveland Orchestra at Home in Lakewood" possible, as of March 17, 2014:

Barton Senior Center
Beck Center for the Arts
Blackbird Baking Company
Breadsmith of Lakewood
Breakneck Gallery
Charter One
City of Lakewood, Mayor Michael P. Summers
Geiger’s Clothing & Sports
Good Goat Gallery
ideastream®
LakewoodAlive
Lakewood Catholic Academy
Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
Lakewood City Council and Council President Mary Louise Madigan
Lakewood City School District
Lakewood Civic Auditorium
Lakewood Community Services Center
Lakewood Hardware
Lakewood Hospital
Lakewood Public Library
Madison Avenue Car Wash
Mahall’s
Marrell Music
Nature’s Bin
Pier W
Rozi’s Wine House
St. Edward High School
Spin Bike Shop
The Root Café
Turkish American Cultural Center
Vance Music Studios
Virginia Marti College of Art and Design
Vosh Nightclub

The Cleveland Orchestra at Home in Lakewood – Tickets and Calendar

All events are free and open to the public.  General admission tickets for the Cleveland Orchestra concert at Lakewood Civic Auditorium on Saturday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning on Saturday, April 26, during regular business hours.  Tickets are limited to 4 per person.

Update as of April 26 All tickets were distributed the morning of April 26. Seating for the performance is general admission for ticket holders, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Day-of Rush SeatingOn the day of the concert, any seats not claimed by ticket holders will be released to non-ticket holders at 7:15 p.m.

May 24 Concert Ticket Distribution Locations:

Breadsmith of Lakewood
18101 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Breakneck Gallery
17020 Madison Ave., Lakewood
2 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Geiger’s Clothing & Sports
14710 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Good Goat Gallery
17012 Madison Ave., Lakewood

Lakewood Hardware
16608 Madison Ave., Cleveland
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Madison Avenue Car Wash
11832 Madison Ave., Lakewood
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Marrell Music
13733 Madison Ave., Lakewood
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Spin Bike Shop
14515 Madison Ave., Lakewood
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Vance Music Studios
16426 Madison Ave., Lakewood
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Virginia Marti College of Art and Design
11724 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Calendar of Education Events

Education Events in Lakewood for schools (Media, please contact the Orchestra's Communications Office at 216-231-7476 for admittance):

Monday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
Lakewood Catholic Academy, Grade 5
Learning through Music
“Musical Story Writing”

Wednesday, April 2 at 1 p.m.
Lakewood Civic Auditorium
14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood
Cleveland Orchestra Education Concert for Lakewood Elementary Schools
Fairy Tales in Music

Wednesday, April 2 at 2:15 p.m.
Lakewood High School
Mock Auditions

Monday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
Lakewood Catholic Academy, Grade 5
Learning through Music
“Musical Story Writing”

Monday, April 7, at 9:30 a.m.
Lakewood High School
Lakewood High School Band coaching with Brett Mitchell, Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor and Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

Wednesday, April 23 at 8:30 a.m.
Harding High School
Harding Middle School Choir coaching with Lisa Wong, Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Director of Choruses and Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus

Thursday, April 24 at 12:20 p.m.
Garfield Middle School
Garfield Middle School Choir coaching

Friday, May 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Garfield Middle School
Band Clinic/Career Panel: Garfield Middle School Band

Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 a.m.
Garfield Middle School
Adjudication of Middle School Instrumental Competition

Monday, May 12 at 11 a.m.
Harding Middle School
Band Clinic/Career Panel: Harding Middle School Band

Monday, May 19 at 12:20 p.m.
Garfield Middle School
Orchestra Clinic/Career Panel: Garfield Middle School Orchestra

Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.
Harding Middle School
Orchestra Clinic/Career Panel: Harding Middle School Orchestra

Tuesday, May 20 at 10 a.m.
Lakewood Catholic Academy, Pre-school through Kindergarten
Musical Rainbow program with a Cleveland Orchestra musician

Tuesday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m.
Lakewood High School
Lakewood High School Chorus coaching with Lisa Wong, Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Director of Choruses and Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus

Friday, May 23 at 10:10 a.m.
Lakewood Civic Auditorium
14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood
The Cleveland Orchestra in Concert
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Romeo and Juliet

Saturday, May 24 at 7:30 a.m.
Harding Middle School
Adjudication of Middle School Instrumental Competition


FREE ADMISSION, PUBLIC EVENTS

Monday, May 5 at 12 noon
Lakewood High School, Ranger Café
14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood
Celebrity Chefs of The Cleveland Orchestra
Lunch menu available for purchase

Saturday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m.
The Root Café
15118 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
Blackbird Baking Company
1391 Sloane Ave., Lakewood
Solo and duo performances by Cleveland Orchestra musicians

Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m.  SURPRISE
Nature’s Bin
18120 Sloane Ave., Cleveland

Sunday, May 18 at 10 a.m.
Lakewood Baptist Church
14321 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
“The Mosaic of Music” – Worship and fellowship with particular emphasis on the power and persuasion of music, particularly in an intercultural context.  Lakewood Baptist Church is home to the largest ethnically diverse mainline congregation within Lakewood, 45% of which are Karen refugees from Burma.

Sunday, May 18 beginning at 4 p.m.
PORCHestra
An evening of music on Lakewood’s front porches and at Lakewood Public Library, sponsored by Charter One featuring Cleveland Orchestra musicians, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra musicians, and community musicians.  Visit clevelandorchestra.com/Lakewood in May for porch locations.

Sunday, May 18 at 6 p.m.
Lakewood Public Library (outdoors)
15425 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
Front Porch Concert with Cleveland Orchestra musicians

Monday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Lakewood Family YMCA
16915 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
Kickball Game with Cleveland Orchestra musicians and staff

Tuesday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Barton Senior Center
14300 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
Cleveland Orchestra musicians in performance

Wednesday, May 21 at 6 p.m.
Pier W deck (outdoors)
12700 Lake Ave., Winton Place, Lakewood
Cleveland Orchestra musicians in performance

Thursday, May 22 at 12 noon
Lakewood Hospital
14519 Detroit Ave, Lakewood
Cleveland Orchestra musicians in performance

Friday, May 23 at 6 p.m.
Vosh Nightclub
1414 Riverside Drive, Lakewood
Cleveland Orchestra musicians in performance

Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m.
Mahall’s
13200 Madison Ave, Lakewood
Cleveland Orchestra musicians in performance

Date and time to be announced in April
Beck Center for the Arts
17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
A speaker (to be announced) from The Cleveland Orchestra will discuss the May 24 Cleveland Orchestra community concert program, in a talk designed to enrich the concert-going experience for audience members of all levels of musical knowledge.

Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m.
Turkish American Cultural Center
13303 Madison Ave., Lakewood
Pre-concert Story Time, courtesy of the Madison Branch of Lakewood Public Library; Musical Rainbow program for very young children with a Cleveland Orchestra musician; and Instrument Petting Zoo, courtesy of the Beck Center for the Arts.

Saturday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m.
FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT
Lakewood Civic Auditorium

14100 Franklin Blvd., Lakewood

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Massimo La Rosa, trombone

R. STRAUSS - Don Juan
F. DAVID - Concertino in E-flat major for Trombone and Orchestra
J. STRAUSS JR. - Waltz: From the Mountains
J. STRAUSS JR. - Czárdás from Ritter Pázmán
J. STRAUSS JR. - Overture to Die Fledermaus

Free tickets available at designated locations throughout Lakewood.